Did you know that 10 litres of water is used to make one A4 piece of paper? [1]

Paper Waste Facts

The lowest long term environmental impact remains sharing paper books, buying second hand books and borrowing books from a library [2]

Recycling 1 tonne of paper saves around 682.5 gallons of oil, 26,500 litres of water and 17 trees [1]

Why we do what we do

Millions of books are thrown away every single year, some are recycled but lots end up in landfills contributing to approximately 26% percent of paper waste.[1] That’s an alarming amount and multiple sources expect increases as far as 2030. Paper in landfills eventually begins to rot emitting toxic chemicals into the air increasing health risks and others.

While pulping is better than the other option, tossing the books into a landfill, it is still not an environmentally friendly process.

The term recycling might give you the impression that it is safe – or even good – for the environment, but the paper recycling process actually involves the use of power generated from coal, natural gas, or other fossil fuel sources. It also uses chemicals like bleach to clean, process, and make new products from paper.

The paper manufacturing industry is the third-largest user of fossil fuels in the world. The process of turning trees into paper, and then into books, involves the use of large amounts of oil and gas at various phases. This would be acceptable if every book that was printed was read, loved, and passed on to other people. That's why we are so passionate about what we are doing here. If we can pass on books instead of disposing of them, then we have made a difference. 

Some creative ways to recycle paper. We hope to try some of these with donated books that cannot be reused.

- garden mulch
-gift wrap
- wall art
- paper mache
- resin art
- seedling pots

Contact Us with your suggestions!

Here are some more articles and facts on paper waste

1. Reading Sustainably


2. Weighing the environmental costs: buy an eReader, or a shelf of books?


3. Paper waste. Why does it matter?